Yes, you can have your chips and eat them too!!
There are definitely times when you feel like snacking. And often, that means something like potato chips... The salty, crunchy treat has always been a part of our lives, but most of us know that it's a guilty pleasure. Potato chips are loaded with fat, salt, unhealthy oils, and have no nutritional value. In fact, most chips are just empty carbs that contribute to our ever expanding waistlines...
But, what if I told you there are some "healthy" chip alternatives that are not hard to make?? And these chips are actually a good thing to snack on when you are craving a crunchy treat...
1. Sweet Potato Chips
Sweet potatoes are loaded with beta carotene and vitamin A, they're fat free and a great source of fiber. The trick with making these chips crunchy is getting them thinly sliced. It helps if you have some kind of slicer or a very sharp knife (be careful). Here's what you do:
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Use 2 organic sweet potatoes (more or less depending on size and how many you want to make). Rinse and dry leaving skin on. Slice them as thin as you like. Take the slices and put into a large baggie. Pour in a little coconut oil or olive oil - just enough so that when you close the bag you can shake it and get all the slices lightly coated with the oil. ( I find this to be the easiest way to get the slices coated with oil, but you could also put slices in a large bowl and toss with a little of the oil. Lay slices out in a single layer in baking sheets. Bake for 1.5 to 2 hours, flipping at least once to ensure even cooking. (It's a good idea to check them as they bake to make sure they don't burn). *** I don't use any seasonings, but if you want to sprinkle with a little salt, chili powder, garlic powder or any seasonings you like when you are tossing them in the oil, go ahead and customize!
2. Crunchy Kale Chips with Sea Salt and Sesame Seeds
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Here's what you'll need: 1 bunch of organic kale, washed and fully dried. (If kale leaves are damp, they end up getting steamed and don't get crispy). Olive oil- (you will be placing kale leaves in a large bowl and tossing with oil, salt and sesame seeds until completely coated), Sea salt (to taste), Sesame Seeds (to taste - emit if you don't like them). Place coated kale leaves on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 25 minutes or until crisp.
3. Oven-Baked Taro Chips
Taro is a root vegetable, rich in fiber and vitamin E. You have to peel off the outer, rough skin before slicing it. Here's what you do: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the peeled Taro root into thin slices. Place slices in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. (You can sprinkle on whatever seasonings you like, or just a little sea salt). Lay slices in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until crispy.
So, these are just 3 ideas for crunchy, healthy snacks when you start to crave chips. Play around with these, or create your own. If you can slice it, you can bake it! I also have a baked cauliflower recipe on my facebook page, so if you haven't already, click on the "like" icon on the bottom of my website and stay connected to some of the tips and recipes I put on Facebook too.
That's it for now! Soon I'll be posting some healthy recipes for the holidays which are just around the corner.
Until next time - "Live Now-Live Well!"